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Title: Encyclical on Anglican Orders
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Encyclical on Anglican Orders
from the Oecumenical Patriarch to the Presidents of the
Particular Eastern Orthodox Churches, 1922
[The Holy Synod has studied the report of the Committee and notes:]
1. That the ordination of Matthew Parker as Archbishop of Canterbury by
four bishops is a fact established by history.
2. That in this and subsequent ordinations there are found in their fullness
those orthodox and indispensable, visible and sensible elements of valid
episcopal ordination ‐ viz. the laying on of hands, the Epiclesis of the All‐Holy
Spirit and also the purpose to transmit the charisma of the Episcopal ministry.
3. That the orthodox theologians who have scientifically examined the
question have almost unanimously come to the same conclusions and have
declared themselves as accepting the validity of Anglican Orders.
4. That the practice in the Church affords no indication that the Orthodox
Church has ever officially treated the validity of Anglican Orders as in doubt,
in such a way as would point to the re‐ordination of the Anglican clergy as
required in the case of the union of the two Churches.
+ Meletios [Metaxakis], Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and
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